National Guard Junior World Championship Starts Tomorrow!

Best young anglers in the world set to compete.

For Immediate Release – August 14, 2008

Columbia, SC.

The top two anglers from each of the TBF’s State Federations Junior Angler program converged on Columbia, SC today to vie for the title of “Junior World Champions” and their share of over $40,000.00 in scholarship money and youth program grants.

Anglers from two age group, 11-14 and 15-18 will make up the field of 78 TBF Junior state champions that competed locally in their home state, finished as the top anglers there and earned a spot in the worlds most prestigious youth outdoors event, the National Guard Junior World Championship.

It is hard to tell who is more nervous, the TBF Junior anglers or their parents, but after a full day today, they are all ready to start fishing.

The contender’s day started out with a sponsor welcome where TBF sponsors “loaded up” the junior anglers with a small mountain of goodies for them to take home. Then it was off to a group of seminars for the kids. At a luncheon today the Junior anglers met their FLW Tour Pro angler partners, attended the FLW Family Fun Zone with them and set their game plans for Fridays competition day on nearby Lake Monticello. The juniors will weigh-in Friday at Columbia’s

Junior Anglers with National Guard Pro Team Member Jonathan Newton

Junior Anglers with National Guard Pro Team Member Jonathan Newton

downtown Colonial Center Arena, on the Forrest Wood Cup main stage. You can catch the action live on the internet at 2:30pm EST by logging on to and click on FLW LIVE.

If you are in the surrounding Columbia, SC area, come out and cheer the TBF Juniors anglers on in person at the Colonial Center Arena. Admission to all activities, including the FLW Family Fun Zone, the National Guard Junior Anglers World Championship, and the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-ins are free to the public each day.